Bay Trippers Teacher & Family Guide
The Chesapeake Bay is not only a large part of the geography, economy, and history of the six-state region that serves as this estuary's watershed. It also shapes and is shaped by the lives of everyone living in this region. Bay Trippers: An Online Field Trip to the Chesapeake Bay was developed to help upper elementary and middle school students discover and explore the vast and vital resource.

An online field trip is a powerful learning experience, both in your classroom and in your home.

In the classroom, Bay Trippers can be integrated into a science curriculum in the same way a real-life field trip can. It can also provide background and build anticipation for real outdoor experiences on streams, rivers, the Bay, and in the schoolyard. At the beginning of a unit, a field trip spurs students to pose new questions that can be studied in depth back in the classroom. At the end of a unit, the field trip brings to life the ideas students have explored in a variety of different media. We encourage you to take the ideas and concepts found on Bay Trippers and apply them to your own home, yard, schoolyard, or local waterbody.

At home, Bay Trippers can involve the entire family in vital investigations that support children as they become scientifically literate.

This part of the site is strictly for teachers and families. It contains tips, activities, and lesson plans that can be the start of authentic learning adventures in science.

For Families
Talking to Your Kids about Science
Lesson Plans and Activities to Extend the Bay Trippers
  Adventure
Quick Facts about the Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay Glossary
Related Sites about the Bay and Science

For Teachers
Lesson Plans and Activities to Extend the Bay Trippers   Adventure
Quick Facts about the Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay Glossary
Using Bay Trippers in a Single-Computer Classroom
Using Bay Trippers in a Multi-Computer Classroom
Standards
Related Sites about the Bay and Science

Chesapeake: A Bay Trippers Adventure is broadcast by MPT's K-12 Educational Video Service.
Click here to check the schedule.